LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – With more than 30 inches of rain, thousands in Louisiana lost their homes and cars because of recent flooding.
Some homes can be repaired by replacing sheetrock, insulation, and baseboards.
But if you’re looking to repair or buy a vehicle, to the untrained eye, it can be difficult to spot one with flood damage.
Hundreds of residents right here in Acadiana are now in the market for new cars.
Sharane Gott with the Better Business Bureau says don’t be fooled by a cheap price while car shopping, “It’s not just about money! It’s about warranty, it’s about trust, it’s about a whole lot of things. So if you need help with anything will be happy to give you some information.”
Local car salesman, Bob Giles says flood damaged vehicles have key identifiers.
“Look for telltale signs like, under the carpets. See if you smell a musty smell, see if you see residue in the vehicle, under the carpet, in the trunk. Look for areas like that,” Giles explained.
He also says if you’re buying a vehicle that has been damaged in a flood, to have it inspected by a qualified technician prior to purchase.
This 2015 Nissan Altima looks brand new. It isn’t until you get inside, you can smell the odor and see mold beginning to set in.
The water got high enough to soak the seats, and fry the electronics.
“When that occurs, the cost to replace the electronics typically exceeds the value of the vehicle. So, at that point, if it’s insured, the insurance company would declare it as a total loss and it would go to a salvage yard,” Giles told KLFY’s Dalfred Jones.
If there’s an ongoing issue in your neighborhood or community, or you simply need a question answered, Dial Dalfred at (337) 262-0868.